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“American Ninja Warrior” Cleveland Finals Watch Party Was A Huge Success!

This past Monday, we held our Cleveland Finals Watch Party event for “American Ninja Warrior” and it couldn’t have gone better.

We had an amazing turnout at The Corner Alley Downtown, the ninjas in attendance were so gracious with their time, Q104’s Jeremiah and Jeff were amazing emcees for the evening, WKYC Channel 3 was broadcasting live spots from the event AND we raised money for our organization!

Thank you to WKYC and Q104 for being such great media partners for this event, Jeremiah and Jeff for their fun and energy, and The Corner Alley for all their help with the event and their generous donation to GCFC.
Thanks also to our Cleveland ninjas Amy Pajcic, PJ Camargo and Michael Nowoslawski.
Most importantly, thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this great spotlight for the city of Cleveland and #FilmInCLE.
Click below for even more pictures of our event!


McConaughey: “We Love Cleveland!”

Matthew McConaughey is the gift that keeps on giving.

While on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” promoting his new film “The Dark Tower,” host Ryan Seacrest asked him about his recent stay in a treehouse, resulting in this Cleveland shoutout.

Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick” wrapped production in Cleveland in June, and is set for an early 2018 release



Kids Film It Festival

The Kids Film It Festival is now accepting entries for 2017 in the age categories of 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18, and in the genres of Film, Animation and Music. The maximum length of an entry is five minutes.

The festival was started by 13-year-old Ryan Levine last year as a way to give kids a platform to submit their films to a festival and raise money for Parkinson’s research. All proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The films will be judged by Marc Buckland (producer/director, “My Name Is Earl”), Todd Lieberman (producer, Mandeville Films and Television) and GCFC President Ivan Schwarz. Prizes include $500 Best Buy gift cards and GoPro cameras.

Click here for more information about the festival.



Saint Martin’s Kick-Off Breakfast

This year, GCFC is continuing its partnership with Saint Martin de Porres High School’s Corporate Work Study Program and attended their Kickoff Breakfast to learn about student communication, initiative, time management and upcoming changes for the 2017-2018 school year.

We’re excited to welcome back our returning Saint Martin’s student Camren Davis in the fall, and will be welcoming a new freshman Work Study student as well!



GCFC Welcomes Our New Partner, Trinity High School

GCFC is always looking for new educational institutions to partner with, and this year we are partnering with Trinity High School in Garfield Heights.

We will be hosting a Trinity Junior for the 2017/2018 school year, to help them not only learn about the media production industry and the pathways they might take through it, but also the day to day operation of a nonprofit organization and everything it takes to promote the growth of a new industry in Cleveland.



Katie Couric’s “Cities Rising” Spotlights #FilmInCLE

Katie Couric’s “Cities Rising” series on Yahoo! has put Cleveland back in the spotlight with a series of videos about all the amazing things that make up our city’s comeback story.

The first series of videos covered our improving schools, burgeoning VR scene, and entrepeneurship in the city. This series finishes up with a look at our amazing food, city pride, Lebron James, and of course #FilmInCLE!

Matthew McConaughey was interviewed for the piece while he was in town filming “White Boy Rick,” along with our own GCFC President Ivan Schwarz, about what an amazing city Cleveland is for the arts.

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“American Ninja Warrior” Cleveland Qualifier Airs

 Cleveland, did you catch your beautiful city on “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC Monday night? If you did, you saw not only the daring feats of strength and agility of the Ninjas who took on the most intense obstacle course yet, but also the gorgeously lit landmarks of your hometown!

Whether it was the perfectly lit Terminal Tower, or the Goodyear Blimp shots of our new Public Square, every shot made our city look as special as we know it to be.

We’re proud to have brought this fun experience and spotlight to Cleveland!



Summer Media Mixer

Well over 200 people attended our Summer Media Mixer last month, one of our best turnouts ever.

Special thanks to Ricky Volante for speaking about our local Entertainment Law scene, and Music Box Supper Club for hosting us again at their beautiful venue.

These events are part of our workforce development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing this industry in Northeast Ohio.



GCFC at Laurelive

We had an amazing time at Laurelive 2017!

It was such a great event, and as you can see, our GCFC beachballs were a big hit. They even got on stage!



GCFC Hosts Boys Hope Girls Hope for Career Day

Last month we had the privilege of hosting rising sophomores in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program for a presentation on what GCFC does, and of what all our individual jobs consist.

It was a lot of fun talking about our different journeys to get where we are today, and help illuminate the path that lies ahead of these kids. We really hope we’re able to do it again next year!